• MaRS Discovery District Centre (map)
  • 101 College Street
  • Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7
  • Canada

We Are Wearables Toronto and IBM Canada present "Big Data and Healthcare", a look at how wearables and sensors are changing healthcare.  

Join us as we discover, discuss and demo wearable and IoT innovations that are changing the face of autism, cardiac and respiratory diseases including heart attacks, diabetes, bone trauma, skin care and general health management.   

Featuring IBM Canada, Abbott Diabetes Care, Hexoskin, Awake Labs, St. Michael's Hospital, Cortex Design, AIO Sleeve, QTemp, Muse, 2020 Armor, Suncayr, Proto3000, Magniware, Penta Medical and HelpWear.

With special presentations from: 

  • Jim Caldwell, Director, IBM Internet Of Things, Industry Solutions Development IBM 
  • Joel Goldsmith - Senior Director of New Product Innovation at Abbott Diabetes Care 
  • Pierre-Alexandre Fournier - CEO, Hexoskin 

Beer from Lake Wilcox Brewery, Wine and Pizza from Pizza Pizza will be served courtesy of Herscu & Goldsilver. 


6:30-7:00PM: Doors open & networking

7:00-7:10PM: Opening Remarks - Tom Emrich, We Are Wearables & Super Ventures

7:10-7:25PM: "Cognitive allows you to fully capitalize on IoT potential" - Jim Caldwell, Director, IBM Internet Of Things, Industry Solutions Development IBM

7:25-7:40PM: "Diabetes Technology: The Original Wearables" - Joel Goldsmith, Senior Director of New Product Innovation at Abbott Diabetes Care

7:40-7:55PM: "Wearables sensors and IoT: the digital foundation we need for Big Data in Health" - Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO, Hexoskin

7:55-8:25PM: Panel discussion on big data's impact on healthcare: 

  • Joel Goldsmith - Senior Director of New Product Innovation at Abbott Diabetes Care 
  • Pierre-Alexandre Fournier - CEO, Hexoskin 
  • Dave Kim - Senior Engineer, Kiwi
  • Dr. Amy Cheng - Staff Physician, Director of Quality Improvement Dept of Emergency Medicine, St Michael's HospitalSt. Michael's Hospital 
  • Andrea Palmer - CEO, Awake Labs 
  • Moderated by Tom Emrich - We Are Wearables & Super Ventures

8:25-10:00PM: Networking and demo area including: 

A big thanks to our event partner, IBM Canada and our sponsors for making this event possible including Abbott, MaRS Discovery District Centre, Super Ventures, Proto3000, Extreme Innovations and Herscu & Goldsilver and our media partner BetaKit.


Jim Caldwell - IBM

As Director, IBM Internet of Things, Industry Solutions Development, Mr. Caldwell is responsible for working with Offering Management and IBM’s Global
Business Services Organization to define and implement Internet of Things solutions with industry specific content. Current areas of focus are Automotive (Connected Vehicles), Insurance (including Connected Home, Auto and Wearables) and Electronics. Previously as Director, IBM Internet of Things, Continuous Engineering Solutions Development, Mr. Caldwell was responsible for the development of a set of software tools and solutions used in the design and development of ‘‘things’’. This includes motor vehicles, aircraft and electronic devices. He was also a member of the leadership team for IBM’s Collaborative Lifecycle Management toolset used in the design and development of large software systems industry wide. 

Joel Goldsmith - Abbott Diabetes Care

Joel Goldsmith is currently Senior Director of New Product Innovation at Abbott Diabetes Care. In this role, he is part of a team that identifies, evaluates, defines, and advances new products from conception through design and development. While at Abbott, Joel has been the product lead for a series of new products including sensor-based glucose monitoring solutions. For most of his career, Joel has been focused on creating new technology-based products and services that address unmet medical needs. Joel received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from UCLA, and was a Biodesign Innovation Fellow at Stanford. 

Pierre-Alexandre Fournier - Hexoskin

Pierre-Alexandre Fournier is co-founder and CEO of Hexoskin, a wearable health technology company based in Montreal that focuses on smart clothing design and intelligent software for health and performance. Hexoskin was founded in 2006, and launched in 2013 the first iPhone compatible smart clothing for health monitoring.His work at Hexoskin involves the development of new wearable sensors for remote health monitoring during space missions, physiological algorithms for health analysis, and smart clothing design. Pierre-Alexandre is also the co-founder of Quantified Self Montreal, a group that promotes self-knowledge through numbers.

Andrea Palmer - Awake Labs

Andrea is the Founder and CEO of Awake Labs, an autism health advocate, and an exponential tech geek. Motivated by social impact, quantified health care, and democratizing technology, Andrea is dedicated to building and mentoring companies and to creating strong entrepreneurial communities. She is an entrepreneur with the Next 36, a graduate of Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program, and a past participant in Startup Chile. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Option with a Minor in Commerce from UBC where she served as the President of the Engineering Undergraduate Society and led the Global Engineering at Engineers Without Borders UBC. She also led the UBC Thunderbots, a team designing, building, and competing autonomous soccer-playing robots. Andrea is a frequent volunteer in the community, including the 2015 Interface Digital Health conference, World Model UN, Eagle Ridge Hospice Gala, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. 

Dr. Amy Cheng - St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Amy Cheng is a Emergency Physician  and the Emergency Department Director of Quality Improvement at St. Michael’s Hospital.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She is passionate about improving the quality of patient care through innovation.  Her current work focuses on quality improvement through measuring and reporting of patient outcomes, resource stewardship, and leading organizational change in the emergency department.  Her work has been presented at national and international conferences, and she has more than 10 published articles and books to date.  She completed her medical school and residency training at the University of Toronto, and her MBA at IE Business School, where she was awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers/IE Research Fellowship and was a semi-finalist in the international MBA student of the year award. 

Tom Emrich - We Are Wearables & Super Ventures

Sometimes called the “man from the future” Tom Emrich is a leading voice in wearable technology committed to driving adoption and innovation in technology augmenting the human experience. He is an investor and partner at Super Ventures, the first fund and incubator dedicated to augmented reality and a community builder, founding We Are Wearables, the largest wearable tech community of its kind in the world with a reach of over 100,000 and chapters across North America. He is also co-producer of Augmented World Expo (AWE) the largest AR and VR conference now in California, Europe and Asia. Tom has been recognized as a global influencer for both wearable tech and virtual reality and has presented talks at major conferences such as TEDx, WT Conference, Wearable Technology Show, TOM*FW, and FITC and regularly appears in the media as a wearable tech expert including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, CBC, Readers Digest and FASHION magazine. His passion for this space is driven by his belief that wearable tech plays a critical role in our human evolution.

Interested in speaking, or demoing at this event or helping out as a volunteer, contact Tom at Tom@WeAreWearables.com.